The Revolution JR A team enjoyed an extended break after finishing the calendar year with a league best 31-3-1. Since the break, the team has picked up right where they left off going with three wins against one loss in their first 4 games in 2018.
A home-and-home with the Philadelphia Little Flyers resulted in 2 wins for the Rev and some extracurricular activities as well. The Rev started slow as the Little Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead mid-way through the first only to see the Rev kick it into gear and score six unanswered goals to make the final 6-1 at the IceWorks Skating Complex. Coach Rogger was happy with his troops after the game, "The guys responded well after a long break without games. We had solid play in all three phases of the game".
The rematch took place at the RIG where the Rev came out firing, putting 47 shots on goaltender Brendahn Brawley. Samir "Bubby" Abouelhana led the Rev with 2 goals, and once the game was out of reach at 4-2, Jake Russo took on Ricki Walsh in what could be described as a lightweight scrap. Brian Lange scored short-handed into an empty net to finish the scoring.
This past weekend, the Rev traveled southwest to West Chester, PA for the EHL Showcase at Ice Line Quad Rinks. Friday's game was a tale of two halves as the Rev earned a 3-1 lead only to see it evaporate in less than 4 minutes as the East Coast Wizards came back to shock the league leaders 5-3.
In Saturday's game against the Boston Jr. Rangers, history was looking to repeat itself, as once again, the Rev skated out to a 3-0 lead with two goals from Justin Meers and one from Jake Faulkner when the Jr. Rangers made their move. Two quick goals in under four minutes cut the Rev lead to 3-2. Meers notched the hat trick just 1:28 later and then capped off a career night with his fourth goal of the contest to give the Rev a much deserved 5-3 win.
Coach Rogger, although pleased with the good start to 2018, expressed concern about the team's discipline. "We have done a good job earning points but we let one slip away against the Wizards because of undisciplined and untimely penalties." He was happy to see Meers break out of his scoring slump as he had not registered a goal since November 17th. "Meers has a knack around the net so it was good to see him end the scoring drought. He kept shooting and going to the tough areas like you have to do in order to capitalize against a good team like the Jr. Rangers."
The Rev are back at Ice Line this Friday against the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers with a 2:00 p.m. puck drop. The game can be seen LIVE on Hockey TV.